Deb Ralston

When returning to Iowa with her husband four years ago, Deb Ralston knew she wanted to make a difference in her native state. Ralston currently serves as a family physician for the Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo. Since her return to the area, she has become a lead organizer and volunteer for several community […]

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Abbie Otten

As the HR Business Partner for Collins Aerospace, Abbie Otten played a critical role in the launch of the Coralville chapter Women’s Forum, an employee resource group designed to inform and engage employees through networking, monthly speakers and career pathways. Otten currently serves as the Women’s Forum president. Through a variety of community leadership roles, […]

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Sofia DeMartino

Sofia DeMartino is an advocate, activist, and community servant. Originally from Queens, New York, Sofia spent her formative years becoming a mother of two by age 17.  She attended Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa, and Mount Mercy University, earning a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. Sofia is honored to spend her […]

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Kathy Waychoff

Leading by impressive example, Kathy Waychoff can inspire people to volunteer under a variety of circumstances. As District Volunteer Coordinator for College Community Schools and the lead advisor for Prairie High School Key Club, Kathy’s professional and personal life has revolved around volunteering for many years, managing 850-950 volunteers throughout ten schools annually. Kathy established […]

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Julie Parisi

Julie Parisi has been a leader in the Corridor’s entrepreneurial community for over ten years.  A few years after starting an artisan pasta business in Iowa City, Julie made the decision to open a second location inside Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market. As an active member of the market’s non-profit business incubator, Julie was invited […]

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Rachel L. Rockwell

In both personal and professional ventures, Rachel Rockwell has committed years of creative, therapeutic, and transformative programming and services to hundreds of youth and families internationally. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, she is currently the program officer for Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving (SET) Communities Fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. In […]

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Jennifer Banta

As a leader in advocacy and community development, Jennifer Banta has a knack for solving big problems through collaboration. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jennifer brings energy, passion, and empathy to everything she does through her role at the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, working with community partners to address important issues […]

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Jen Winter

As Public Works Director for the City of Cedar Rapids, Jen Winter manages all daily operations and policy direction for the department. She oversees engineering, construction, traffic operations and engineering, real estate and right-of-way management, flood control management, and street and sewer operations. She currently serves on the Iowa Chapter Executive Board of the American […]

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Anne Langguth

Anne Langguth, M.D. was raised in Iowa City and aspired to become a physician from an early age—crafting her own white coat from one of her father’s white dress shirts and designing her own medical school diploma. Dr. Langguth is the first board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist to serve the Cedar Rapids community, which allows her to […]

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LaNisha Cassell

LaNisha Cassell is an experienced non-profit leader and fundraiser who values faith, family and community.  As Executive Director of the African American Museum of Iowa, she is charged with overseeing operations, developing fundraising initiatives, expanding the Museum’s presence, cultivating partnerships, increasing visibility, and advancing programming. Her previous role as Executive Director of the Marion Foundation […]

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